Kona Mike

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On article Zeiss ZX1 review (840 comments in total)
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HamishGill: “Overall, I'm glad the Zeiss ZX1 exists. It's refreshing to see a manufacturer do something truly different from the competition.”

👏

Did anyone else notice the absolutely horrible horizontal artifacts in the black/white scene above the old lady sitting in the chair (about 9 o'clock in the test scene)? If a budget camera had problems like that it would be crushed in the review, but this is a $6000 Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2021 at 16:47 UTC
On article Zeiss ZX1 review (840 comments in total)

just absolutely horrible horizontal artifacts in the black/white scene above the old lady sitting in the chair (about 9 o'clock in the test scene). In the Raw and JPEG versions.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2021 at 19:59 UTC as 14th comment

Here is the official Canon Camera/Lens museum:

https://global.canon/en/c-museum/

https://global.canon/en/c-museum/history/story01.html

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2021 at 21:54 UTC as 42nd comment
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aris14: Fine. Now let's go for the universal lens mount...

This is laughable to even compare interchangeable lenses to cell phones charging cables..

Consumers are urged in every conceivable manner to upgrade their phones on a two year cycle.

Camera manufacturers do the complete opposite, and encourage/lock people into an system for decades because they keep their lenses for so long.

The issue at hand is e-waste and lack of reuse because manufacturer want more profit. This is not the case with camera mounts, because you will be able to use your old lens on new camera models for decades.

Camera companies don't change their lens mount every time a new bodies is released. Unlike how phone companies change charging wires all the time. Camera companies leave the mount the same for decades, so you can reuse their lenses on new bodies. Phone companies should do the same with charging wires and save the e-waste so you can reuse old chargers.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 15:49 UTC
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tkbslc: I'd much rather they forced long term software updates, as well as long-term repair and battery replacement standards. Having to upgrade perfectly good hardware because it can't be repaired, the battery doesn't hold a charge, or the software is out of date, contributes a lot more to e-waste than cables and chargers.

Why attack Apple? Apple predicated their entire mobile smart phone strategy on the relentless upgrade cycle. Which causes unnecessary e-waste, mining needed for rare materials and manufacturing on a giant scale.

Apple's fragile designs are difficult to repair and service, feeding their upgrade cycle. They even used software to throttle old phones to feed their upgrade cycle. They often change their proprietary accessories resulting in less resuse and more e-waste.

Apple is in a leadership position and could announce simple changes that would make phones more sustainable and have less of an impact on the world. Other companies would follow suite. However, these changes are at odds with their preferred upgrade cycle and would reduce profits.

The changes that are needed can't be forced by consumer demand, all the cell phone manufacturers lust after quick phone upgrades and profits. The laws and regulations are the only way to force them to do what is in everyone's best interest.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 13:56 UTC
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tkbslc: I'd much rather they forced long term software updates, as well as long-term repair and battery replacement standards. Having to upgrade perfectly good hardware because it can't be repaired, the battery doesn't hold a charge, or the software is out of date, contributes a lot more to e-waste than cables and chargers.

Every consumer would love: long term software updates, as well as long-term repair and battery replacement standards.

Look how hard it is to get this charging standard in place, Apple will fight 10x harder if you try and slow down people buying new phones.

What? save the environment over shareholders profits?? are your crazy??

Apple and cell network companies (that bundle new phone deals with their network) will fight really hard against anything that will slow new phone sales.

Apple's entire phone division is built on propriety accessories and constant unnecessary phone upgrades.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2021 at 20:53 UTC
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seragram: Canon is creating separation from competition with leading technology. Not having this tech will be seen as a CON.

@Potoughto, I guess you use a pinhole camera? or do you take advantage of modern features as they become available?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2021 at 14:17 UTC
On article Canon EOS R3 Initial Review (1477 comments in total)
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Cian3307: Can the 24 people who claim 'I Had It' perhaps let us know why you didn't keep it? Maybe you could also let us know how you managed to get it when it hasn't been released yet? Be nice if the mods let us all know who these people are so we could ask them directly?😉

always remember the first law of the internet:

1) Online social media = outright lies + exaggerations.

and the second law of the internet:

2) See Internet law #1

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 13:29 UTC
On article Canon EOS R3 Initial Review (1477 comments in total)

The one thing I hear no one talking about is sensor yields.

Canon has announced they will not be able to meet demand. Is this because demand is so high, they can't source all the miscellaneous parts, or is their sensor yield lower than expected?

Google "fab chip yield" if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Stacked BSI sensors require a complex manufacturing process, which pushes the unit price up, because so many sensors will fail quality checks from manufacturing defects.

This might be a reason for a crop R7 sports camera. A higher yield per wafer that results in a lower cost per unit. The same reason crop cameras ever existed and were cheaper than full frame. Now that full frame cameras are so cheap why make crop sensors anymore? Regular old full frame sensors are cheap, but full frame stacked BSI sensors are not as as cheap and will definitely have a lower yield and higher unit price, possibly paving the way for a crop stacked BSI sensor R7 camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 13:22 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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Kona Mike: If you are shooting the final decisive play of the championship game. You've moved to the best location. You have the proper lens mounted. You are following the proper two players. When you fire off that 30fps burst at the peak moment, the frame will consist of one ball, four arms and two faces diving for the ball. I think the camera will find a face. But you need the hero's face in focus. The hero would start off as the offensive player, but as the final 1/2 second of that play evolves, the defender knocks the ball away and the hero changes. Can you switch faces fast enough?

with a joystick? no
with a multi controller? no
with the back lcd screen? no
with your eye? yes.

And for everyone else, if your four cats are running around you can keep it tracking only your favorite one.

@armandino, OK you never said "faster" you said you could do it just as fast:

"...odd are that you will be pretty much as quick by reframing and using the AF point to do the same"

and

"I am pretty sure you can do it a comparable speed"

My comments were based on my stated case: two faces same frame, you never mentioned you were changing my case example.

Even when recomposing if it is necessary, it would be faster selecting a new subject with your eye then using the center point, even if you just bullseye every composition.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 19:05 UTC
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Kona Mike: If you are shooting the final decisive play of the championship game. You've moved to the best location. You have the proper lens mounted. You are following the proper two players. When you fire off that 30fps burst at the peak moment, the frame will consist of one ball, four arms and two faces diving for the ball. I think the camera will find a face. But you need the hero's face in focus. The hero would start off as the offensive player, but as the final 1/2 second of that play evolves, the defender knocks the ball away and the hero changes. Can you switch faces fast enough?

with a joystick? no
with a multi controller? no
with the back lcd screen? no
with your eye? yes.

And for everyone else, if your four cats are running around you can keep it tracking only your favorite one.

@armandino, you are commenting on my OP in which I have clearly explained in my example (the same example multiple times) there are two faces in the frame. Did you get that? two in the very same frame with no recomposing necessary. you say that you can recompose with your center point AF, switch subjects and then recompose back faster than this new eye control AF. I say OK, good luck with that. I also guessed that you are an old Canon DSLR center point shooter. Ok. Am I missing anything here. I can see why Canon is having a hard time moving people over from DSLRs, just saying. Do I need to explain it again or did you get it this time?

Good luck with your center point recomposing, if you don't want to use the eye control AF, ok. I'm not trying to switch you. Don't use it, you are fast enough how you are doing it. Neither of us have used the eye control AF, so we are just speculating. I do have a camera and take pictures, but thanks for making it personal in a condescending way.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 18:09 UTC
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Kona Mike: If you are shooting the final decisive play of the championship game. You've moved to the best location. You have the proper lens mounted. You are following the proper two players. When you fire off that 30fps burst at the peak moment, the frame will consist of one ball, four arms and two faces diving for the ball. I think the camera will find a face. But you need the hero's face in focus. The hero would start off as the offensive player, but as the final 1/2 second of that play evolves, the defender knocks the ball away and the hero changes. Can you switch faces fast enough?

with a joystick? no
with a multi controller? no
with the back lcd screen? no
with your eye? yes.

And for everyone else, if your four cats are running around you can keep it tracking only your favorite one.

@armandino, said "Eye af also needs reframing", which isn't correct.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 17:49 UTC
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Antisthenes: Manfuacturing stacked image sensors is, technologically speaking, even more difficult than manufacturing BSI sensors.

It's unlikely that a company like Canon that is but a minor player in the global image sensor market in terms of revenue, R&D and fabrication facility investments, and hasn't shipped even small BSI sensors up to now, would be able to directly jump to producing and shipping full-frame, stacked devices.

Canon Japan's product page mentions that the R3's stacked sensor is 自社 開発 (in-house development); the 自社 生産 (in-house manufacturing) mention, however, is CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT:

https://cweb.canon.jp/eos/lineup/r3/feature-highquality.html

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@Antisthenes, Sony doesn't have some exclusive magical ability to make sensors.

As I've said before Sony didn't invent or even own the main tech that makes their coveted stacked sensors. Companies like Sony and Canon have lots of patents, but there are plenty of PHDs out there making crucial discoveries that get licensed out that make most electronics work.

Canon held back on the stacked BSI sensors because they are more expensive to make and Canon didn't need them. Even the R5 is a regular old tech CMOS sensor and it shook up the MILC market a little.

It wasn't that Canon couldn't do it or didn't understand them. The early MILC cameras had bad battery life, laggy EVFs, froze when the buffer was full, slow AF tracking, overheated, etc.

It was a business decision in a declining camera market to stick with profitable DSLRs until the time was right, the market was right, and the tech was right. It doesn't look like that head start Sony had makes a difference now, does it?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 17:17 UTC
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Antisthenes: Manfuacturing stacked image sensors is, technologically speaking, even more difficult than manufacturing BSI sensors.

It's unlikely that a company like Canon that is but a minor player in the global image sensor market in terms of revenue, R&D and fabrication facility investments, and hasn't shipped even small BSI sensors up to now, would be able to directly jump to producing and shipping full-frame, stacked devices.

Canon Japan's product page mentions that the R3's stacked sensor is 自社 開発 (in-house development); the 自社 生産 (in-house manufacturing) mention, however, is CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT:

https://cweb.canon.jp/eos/lineup/r3/feature-highquality.html

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@Antisthenes, Did you know Canon manufactures machines that are used to produce Semiconductors?

https://global.canon/en/product/indtech/semicon/

here is the EOS R3 official press release:

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2021/20210914-product/20210914-product

it says:
The core of the EOS R3 features a Canon designed and manufactured 24.1-megapixel back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor. The sensor is the first of its kind from Canon, and when combined with the DIGIC X processor, delivers a high-speed readout allowing for continuous blackout-free shooting1 at up to 30 fps in electronic (silent) shutter mode...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 16:58 UTC
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Antisthenes: Manfuacturing stacked image sensors is, technologically speaking, even more difficult than manufacturing BSI sensors.

It's unlikely that a company like Canon that is but a minor player in the global image sensor market in terms of revenue, R&D and fabrication facility investments, and hasn't shipped even small BSI sensors up to now, would be able to directly jump to producing and shipping full-frame, stacked devices.

Canon Japan's product page mentions that the R3's stacked sensor is 自社 開発 (in-house development); the 自社 生産 (in-house manufacturing) mention, however, is CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT:

https://cweb.canon.jp/eos/lineup/r3/feature-highquality.html

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@Antisthenes, get over it. Canon developed & manufactured the sensor.

In Novenber 2020, Canon licensed tech from Xperi, just like Sony does. Now Canon's R3 sensor has flat out beat everything Sony had before March.

Xperi 's SEC filing:

https://s21.q4cdn.com/588597904/files/doc_financials/2020/ar/409ddc1a-d0c8-4f5a-84d9-5e5de77556ce.pdf

It says: Sensors. Providers of image and time-of-flights sensors used in mobile phones, consumer electronics and automobiles. Customers typically have paid us fixed fees for specified periods of time or a per-unit fee and include Canon, Omnivision, Samsung, and Sony.

Also, I would find it very hard to imagine that Canon would invest in all the fab equipment to create this different type of sensor & limit that new manufacturing equipment in a way that the best sensor they could make was the R3's resolution and readout speed. Canon made a business decision to limit the sensor to 24mp and fix the readout speed just a little ahead of the A9ii.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 16:55 UTC
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LiangMing: I am so grateful that Sony offered the 50 MP A1 with just $500 more.

Canon has already announced that they will not be able to meet demand for the R3.

They will sell every R3 they can make at $6000, which is good for Canon and the RF system. There is no need to offer it at a discount, when so many people are lining up to buy it. $6000 was an excellent business decision.

Those profits will ensure more RF accessories, lenses and other bodies get developed. Those profits will help pay for Canon's stacked BSI sensor fab equipment and help it trickle down to lower end Canon bodies. This will help push other manufacturers to do the same.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 16:36 UTC
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Kona Mike: If you are shooting the final decisive play of the championship game. You've moved to the best location. You have the proper lens mounted. You are following the proper two players. When you fire off that 30fps burst at the peak moment, the frame will consist of one ball, four arms and two faces diving for the ball. I think the camera will find a face. But you need the hero's face in focus. The hero would start off as the offensive player, but as the final 1/2 second of that play evolves, the defender knocks the ball away and the hero changes. Can you switch faces fast enough?

with a joystick? no
with a multi controller? no
with the back lcd screen? no
with your eye? yes.

And for everyone else, if your four cats are running around you can keep it tracking only your favorite one.

@armandino, said "Eye af also needs reframing"

While I've not tried the new eye control AF yet, from what I seen in reviews and articles, it will not need any reframing if the subject you want to acquire is already in the frame.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 16:31 UTC
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Steppenw0lf: The older I get, the more I like “simple” cameras without a lot of AF automation.
Some people always use tracking. I never use it (almost never).
So EC is not what I need. And it is probably proprietary, so only available in very few (expensive) cameras. So is it worth the time to get used to it ?

The same with cars, I like “simple” cars without a lot of electronic gimmicks. Gives me a feeling of relaxation and better concentration.

@Steppenw0lf, I couldn't disagree more.

When I was young it was great to worry about all the technical details. However, now I'm OK with the camera doing that, and I'll concentrate on the intangibles that more of a difference: the moment, the emotion, the background, the framing, the light, etc. Not to say I want an overly complicated camera, because I don't what to spend too much time trying to figure it out. The camera should help and stay out of the way.

As my eyes get worse, I'm glad AF is getting better. Sometimes my viewfinder diopter has been accidentally shifted, so it is not sharp. I hardly ever notice this right away and keep shooting. I'm confident it is going to be in focus and I'm concentrating on other things. When I was young (with better eyes) and AF was a lot more more hit or miss, I would have noticed it right away.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 15:13 UTC
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RubberDials: @Gannon

"the format has struggled to take hold"

Seriously Gannon? Type A and C cards were announced in February 2019. How many high end cameras do you think have been designed in the last two years?

@panther fan, yes I agree. SD cards are everywhere and I'd think they will beat out CFExpress Type A, B And C. That leaves little future for Type A.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 13:27 UTC
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ZeroOne01: Canon is becoming years ahead of the competition. Nikon and Sony’s next cameras are pivotal for them.

Oh, I get the name now: "Mike Ran"

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 12:16 UTC
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